Boda boda operators in Vihiga County warned

Boda boda operators in Vihiga County have been asked to be wary of politicians who want to use them in outlawed activities during this

electioneering season.

Vihiga County Commissioner (CC) Mrs. Pauline Dolla made the appeal when she spoke to members of press in Mbale town on Friday.

Mrs. Dolla, who heads the County security team, expressed concern regarding increasing incidents where some candidates in forthcoming General Elections

were engaging boda boda riders in illegal campaign activities.

We have reported cases where boda boda riders have been used to disrupt campaign meetings, said Mrs. Dolla, urging them not to allow

politicians to misuse them for selfish ends.

Elections come and go. Hence, boda boda riders should not allow politicians, most of whom will disappear from the scene after the

coming polls, to destroy private and public property, she added.

The commissioner urged the electorate to allow all candidates vying for various elective seats to traverse the county and sell their

ideologies, regardless of political party affiliations.

It is after carefully listening to individual candidate ideologies that we can be able to make informed decisions before we elect leaders

with development minds on August 8, advised Dolla.

She instructed security organs to increase patrols in order to ensure a conducive environment prevailed for peaceful campaigns in the County.

The County boss at the same time advised youth in the area to improve on sources of livelihoods by exploiting financial opportunities

offered by various agencies of the national government.

It is disturbing to learn that youth in Vihiga County are afraid of applying for affordable loans offered by government agencies, Mrs. Dolla

told journalists.

She cited the low number of youth in the County who are benefiting from the Youth Enterprise Development Fund (YEDF).

It is discouraging to learn that the youth fund programme has disbursed Sh63milion only to registered groups in Vihiga, whereas youths in

Nairobi and Kiambu counties have received Sh2billion and 1billion

from the same kitty, observed Mrs. Dolla.

She was reacting to report by YEDF Chairperson Mr. Ronny Osumba and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Josiah Moriasi, who blamed the slow uptake of

the programme to the County to inadequate awareness.

The duo addressed area youth at Kidundu playground on Friday.

Mrs. Dolla directed Deputy County Commissioners (DCCs) in all five sub counties; Vihiga, Hamisi, Sabatia, Luanda and Emuhaya to roll out

barazas whose main agenda would be to sensitize youths on existing

government financial opportunities.

Besides the youth enterprise fund, our youth should be properly informed about other government money-lending institutions like Uwezo

Fund Trust, said Mrs. Dolla.

Source: Kenya News Agency